W.267, The Walters Art Museum

Holding institution title: W.267, Book of Hours, Latin (1450-1460 CE, Hainaut)

Holding institution classification: Book of Hours

Holding institution location: Baltimore, MD

URL: https://thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W267/description.html

URL2: https://manuscripts.thewalters.org/viewer.php?id=W.267

Digitization status: Digitized

Date: 1425-1485

Language(s): Latin, French


Country of production: Belgium

City or region of production: Hainaut

Illumination contents: Archangel Gebrial with female owner kneeling at prie-dieu, Annunciation, Coat of Arms, Visitation, Nativity, Annunciation to the Shepherds, Adoration of the Magi, Massacre of the Innocents, Flight into Egypt, Coronation of the Virgin, Coat of Arms, Office of the Dead, Coat of Arms, King David Penitent, Crucifixion, Coat of Arms, Pentecost, Baptism of Christ, Coat of Arms, St. John the Evangelist, St. Sebastian, St. Anthony, St. Barbara, St. Margaret and the Dragon, Last Judgment, Virgin and Child enthroned

Text contents: Calendar, Suffrage to a Guardian Angel, Hours of the Virgin, Office of the Dead, Penitential Psalms, Litany, Petitions, Prayers, Collects, Hours of the Cross, Hours of the Holy Spirit, Prayer to John the Baptist, Prayer to John the Evangelist, Suffrages, O Intemerata, Prayer to Christ on the Cross

Hours intercalated?:

Personalization: Female owner portrait depicted on f. 13v kneeling before a prie-dieu on which is an open book. The Archangel Gabriel touches her shoulder. This manuscript also contains abundant beraldry throughout. One set of arms has been identified by Michel Pastoureau as the arms of a member of the Buves family of Picardy. The other set remains unidentified.

Scribe: Unknown

Illuminator: Unknown

Patron: Unknown; likely female, as a female donor is depicted on fol. 13v.

Materials: Medium to thick, highly prepared parchment

Binding original?: No

Binding description: Nineteenth-century Belgian (?) binding; pale maroon velvet (worn) over wooden boards; spine rounded and backed; gilt edges; seventeenth- or eighteenth-century silver clasps and catches, possibly transferred from original binding; “R F” hallmark appearing on all four plates; “Die werke Rinjes” engraved on the inside of clasps (on top, in neat cursive); surfaces of both catches can be seen inside covers stamped with the circular hallmark of “H R” surmounted by a four-petal floret that resembles the mark of Hendrik Beerns Ronner, who was active in Dokkum, Friesland, ca. 1738-52

Folio height (in centimeters): 21.1

Folio width (in centimeters): 14.2

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